Message from Richard Deggs, Chief of Police
On behalf of the men and women of the Denton County Water District Police Department, welcome to our webpage and thank you for taking the time to learn about your police department. The Denton County Water District Police Department is a municipal style, community-oriented police department within Denton County. The Police Department was created and began operations in January 2019.
I’m honored to have the privilege of serving the community as chief of police. I invite you to browse the website and familiarize yourself with the department. My hope is these pages will provide useful information about the police department, the services and community programs we currently provide as well as the ones we are developing, and we encourage you to be part of those!
The men and women of Denton County Water District Police Department are dedicated professionals serving the Denton County Fresh Water Supply District # 10 communities, which include the Savannah, ArrowBrooke and Artesia neighborhoods. We estimate that we serve a population of over 14,000 citizens and that number continues to grow. Our staff includes sixteen sworn, full time police officers, one part time police officer, two civilian staff members and one volunteer. These employees make up our leadership team, patrol supervisors, patrol officers, criminal investigator, a school resource officer for Savannah Elementary, a civilian investigator, support services technician and volunteer police chaplain.
The members of the Denton County Water District Police Department truly care about the safety of our community and provide excellent customer service. Our personnel respond to the public safety needs of the community with the most effective measures available within our existing resources with our primary focus of ensuring the safety and well-being of our community.
We invite and encourage our community members to take the opportunity to participate in public safety events, including neighborhood watch programs, citizen ride along program, national night out, neighborhood safety committees, vacation watch program, bike safety program and fraud prevention presentations. The department is currently developing additional community programs such as a Citizen Police Academy and Explorer program, to name a few.
Our community policing philosophy balances a foundation of proactive policing concepts in partnership with our community with innovative and progressive methods to evolve with our citizens into the future. Community issues are often best addressed by working in partnership with citizens, therefore, we will continually strive to improve public relations and increase public confidence.
I encourage you to contact me or Lieutenant Bill Knack with ideas you might have about police department programs or initiatives that you believe would be of interest to others.
As your chief of police, me and my officers will listen to your needs and strive to be open and honest with you. We believe in maintaining a high level of professionalism within the police department and strive to exceed your expectations and foster collaborative efforts to improve community relations and increase safety in our community.
Please feel free to contact me with any suggestions or comments or simply stop by to say hello and have a cup of coffee.
Richard Deggs, Chief of Police
Denton County Water District Police Department